Universitat de Barcelona

Anthropology and Ethnography


Social and cultural anthropology is a social science that focuses on the processes of human sociability from a comparative viewpoint. More specifically, it explores the issue of cultural diversity.In addition to this transcultural perspective, social and cultural anthropology makes use of its own specific research method: ethnography. The success of the qualitative methodology employed in ethnography has clearly crossed the boundaries between disciplines, and it has already had a decisive influence in areas such as education, sociology and social work.

The master's degree in Anthropology and Ethnography is designed to make a contribution to the generation of complex knowledge regarding the social, political, economic and educational challenges facing Catalan society in a European and international context. The global scale of many contemporary phenomena is giving rise to social and cultural changes that underscore the importance of social diversity, which is the central focus of the research and thought that characterize anthropology as a discipline. Migration flows and the precarious situations associated with the economic crisis, for example, are creating new social needs in fields such as education, labour relations, healthcare and housing; in these fields, diversity often leads to a lack of understanding or acceptance that anthropology, more than any other discipline, can help to resolve. By studying realities that differ widely from our own, anthropology has helped to develop a specific perspective that encourages better understanding of sociocultural phenomena.

Learning objectives

The Master's Degree in Anthropology and Ethnography is designed to achieve two basic objectives:

  • To produce researchers specializing in anthropological research who are able to work in specialized and interdisciplinary teams. This makes the course a natural progression route for students who wish to undertake doctoral studies in Social Anthropology.

  • To provide students with tools to analyse and interpret – primarily by applying the ethnographic method – the most significant phenomena and problems affecting contemporary society, such as unemployment, migration, consumption, ethnic conflicts, social exclusion, religion, and changes in family relationships.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan (25%) and Spanish (75%)
Number of places available:
Approximate price:
 27,67 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2022-2023
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Geography and History
Master's degree course homepage:
  Master's degree course homepage

Recommended applicant profile

This master's degree is primarily intended for graduates in social and cultural anthropology and similar disciplines (sociology, history, geography and political and administrative sciences), but applicants with degrees in other areas are also welcome to apply.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:
  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements

Official qualifications required for admission:
  • Bachelor's degree in social and cultural anthropology.
  • Bachelor's degree in sociology, history, geography, humanities, political and administrative sciences.

Depending on the number of remaining places, the Academic Committee may also consider applications from candidates with degrees in other disciplines.

Skills and competences

General competences
  • Ability to use theoretical and conceptual tools to analyse and interpret complex socio-cultural phenomena.
  • Ability to collect, organize, process and analyse information from various sources within the framework of anthropological research projects.
  • Ability to design projects and action plans aimed at identifying or solving specific problems.
  • Ability to provide an analytical framework for understanding inequality and social exclusion.
  • Ability to understand ethnographic methodology and apply it in different research contexts to make original contributions.

Specific competences
  • Ability to identify, based on an ethnographic approach, the patterns that underlie social discourses and practices related to cultural diversity and citizenship.
  • Ability to identify and provide methodological tools for the design and conduct of ethnographic research.
  • Ability to provide theoretical tools to understand current transformations affecting family and kinship relations.
  • Ability to analyse and understand logical alternative economic practices in the context of contemporary society.
  • Ability to provide a theoretical framework for the analysis and understanding of processes for expressing ethno-political and social demands that allow for the interplay of local and global variables.

Pre-enrolment calendar

- First period 11 February - 18 April 2022.

- Second period 20 April - 21 June 2022.

- Third period: 1 - 9 September 2022.

  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

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Required documentation

Selection criteria

The Academic Committee for the master's course will consider each candidate's qualifications and experience. Selection is based on the documents provided by the applicant. The following points will be assessed:
  • Suitability of the candidate's undergraduate degree (Anthropology, 4 points; Sociology, 3 points; History, Geography, Humanities and Political Science, 2 points; other EHEA and pre-EHEA degrees, 1 point).
  • Academic record (maximum 3 points).
  • Cover letter (maximum 2 points).
  • A curriculum vitae detailing the candidate's work experience (cultural mediation, ethnographic museums, etc.) and academic background (partial or non-homologated training) related to the subject area of anthropology (maximum 1 point).

Acceptance of new students it depens on the approval of the candidature by the Master Committee, who, after evaluating the different pre-registrations, will determine who are admitted, excluded and on the waiting list


The Academic Committee will announce the results of the selection process and the Secretary's Office will contact successful candidates to notify them of their admission. Appeals or complaints about the admission decisions can be submitted to the Secretary's Office.


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